SiteAware, a LIDAR/camera unit, gives equipment operators 360-degree vision

Inspired by the lane-keeping, radar and camera systems that have been improving safety and all the while forming the foundation for fully-autonomous vehicles in the automobile industry, Volvo Construction Equipment and Carnegie Mellon University have provided a peek at a still-in-development system which seeks to give heavy equipment operators 360-degree vision. Citing construction industry deaths nearing 1,000 in 2013 alone, Volvo CE partnered with the Integrated Innovation Institute at CMU to develop the sensor-based system, which it calls SiteAware.